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If reasonable people agree that wasteful government spending should end. Why does wasteful spending still exist?

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Because these people can't agree on what wasteful spending is. Almost everyone benefits from wasteful spending in some way, and when it comes down to it it's only wasteful if it doesn't benefit you. So what's wasteful to one is necessary to another.

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On the money!
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Can reasonable people agree that any spending to study sexual habits of animals is wasteful?
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Spot on
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Jamadi, I agree. Objectivity is put to task when describing wasteful spending. Subjectivity reigns.
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Jnay. Most of us yes, but as soon as funding for that comes to the chopping block, the legislators who represent the areas where this goes on will make an impassioned plea for how important this is and boom, they keep funding. This actually happened when some wanted to defund "research" on blueberries... You would have thought we wanted to outlaw them.
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Oh and remember the shrimp on the treadmill studies?
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temptations i guess...

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Greed&No Respect for others ! ! !

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Corruption and greed

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We have 41% of the world's military expenditures. Some see it as wasteful, others see it as a necessity. So what exactly is wasteful spending?

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I would go out on a limb at say that 10% military spending is wasteful.
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One persons "wasteful spending" is another person's "golden harvest".

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Exactly.
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People get addicted to what they think the government should provide and then the politicians will not get rid of these wasteful programs because they don't want to become unpopular! The country needs to learn self responsibility all over again!

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Don't know

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Wasteful spending will end when people and corporations are banned from lobbying and buying votes. Obama promised to put an end to it but he, like other presidents, just keeps it going. The Senate always does what their constituents want even when they know it's wasteful. They are always looking ahead to the next election. Governing is all about winning because most of them are lawyers and that's what they were taught in law school.
Rand Paul seems to be the only one left who is all about the people. Maybe that's because he's a doctor.
I say get rid of the lawyers and start voting for doctors. They care about people.

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